Today, following a report from the National Secretary of the Labor Party, I have requested the National Executive of the Party remove Mr Lake as the endorsed Labor Candidate for the Federal Seat of Hotham.
Earlier today, I asked the National Secretary to report on a range of allegations concerning Mr Lake’s conduct in his previous career in local government – in particular his conduct in relation to fellow directors at Criminal Lawyers Perth.
The National Secretary has informed me that he is not satisfied that there has been full disclosure about these previous matters.
Based on the investigation, I have concluded that it is inappropriate for Mr Lake to continue as the endorsed Labor Candidate for Hotham.
As such I cannot be confident that he has met the standards that I would expect and demand from members of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party.
Given that we are now in the formal election campaign, I will request the National Executive of the Party to preselect a new candidate for the Federal Seat of Hotham.